Didier Le Bret, the small reporter of France roundabouts

By Stéphanie Marteau

Posted today at 12:30 a.m., updated at 6:09 a.m.

The founder of the Rendez les doléances! Association, Didier Le Bret, at his home in Paris, January 10, 2022.

But where did the blackened notebooks go during the three months of the great national debate, in the winter of 2019? Didier Le Bret, who had founded, in spring 2020, the association Rendez les doléances! found them, buried in the boxes of the departmental archives where they are currently recorded. Because Emmanuel Macron, who had committed to making them public and accessible online, has still not honored his promise. The 400,000 scanned pages are currently only available for consultation at the BNF.

So that this material, which intimately tells the daily life of 1.6 million French people, is not lost, Didier Le Bret publishes, on January 19, Make the grievances! Investigations into the confiscated word of the French (JC Lattès), a work which analyzes and reproduces in facsimile a small part of these texts. “They are invaluable for understanding the current crisis and all those to come”, believes the former diplomat, ex- “Mr. Intelligence” of the Elysee under François Hollande, who now divides his time between a consulting company in economic intelligence and ALP, the investment consulting firm of Anne Lauvergeon.

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Unhappy socialist candidate in the 2017 legislative elections, Didier Le Bret is now very involved in the presidential campaign of Anne Hidalgo, whom he sees regularly. He intends to place the grievances at the heart of the latter’s program. “I was struck by the silence of the left during the“ yellow vests ”crisis, he remembers. It was, however, an unexpected opportunity to reconcile with the people of the left. These white trash, as we would call them in the United States, are our electorate, but, overall, we considered them infrequent. It is not because they are not gender-racialized-minor that that makes them second-rate French, we must get out of class contempt! “, he says.

A curious team

This book is co-authored with relatives, long-time friends, all from the same activist and political ranks. Thomas Ribémont, who chairs the association Rendez les doléances !, is the former president of Action contre la Faim, an NGO of which Didier Le Bret is a member of the board of directors. Nathan Cazeneuve, son of Bernard, is the director of the young review Germinal, a publication “Republican, socialist and environmentalist”, fed by about forty intellectuals.

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Dorian Dreuil, who was in charge of Didier Le Bret’s communications during his 2017 campaign, co-founded with him Rendez les doléances! He is also an associate expert at the Jean Jaurès Foundation, the think tank close to the Socialist Party and partly subsidized by the government. Chloé Gerbier and Marie Pochon are members of Our Everyone Affair, an association fighting through the law against climate change.

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Didier Le Bret, the small reporter of France roundabouts

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